Oscar nominees assemble together Monday for the first time since being nominated on Jan. 16. But the pressure is off. Honored actors and directors, along with more than 140 other nominees, will hobnob amongst each other at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The luncheon is known for its "Class Photo," where all of the nominees get on bleachers and have their photo taken.
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It was another golden day for the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom.
The iconic hall known for hosting premier events like the Golden Globes Awards, hosted the Academy’s Oscars Nominees Luncheon Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Nominees from actress Sandra Bullock to director Steve McQueen were in attendance to hobnob amongst fellow nominees and take the Oscar Class Photo, where all of the nominees get on bleachers and have their photo taken together.
Before the lunch began, nominees streamed through the press room to answer a few questions and talk about their new accolade.
Bullock, nominated for Lead Actress for her performance in “Gravity,” described her experience working on the film.
“It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had,” she said.
Talking on the film’s director, Alfonso Cuarón, Bullock said, “We trusted him 100% because we had the body of his work as proof. We didn’t know what we were making."
"It wasn’t supposed to be a big blockbuster film,” she said, “it is an avant-garde, existential film about loss and adversity."
Earlier in the press room, Cuarón discussed a similar sentiment on what he hoped viewers took away from the sci-fi film.
"Adversities are what shape who we are," he said.
Another film about adversities, “12 Years a Slave” was the topic when its director McQueen was in the room.
“It gives me great pride that we made this film,” he said. “We as a group made the movie in a way that it wasn't at all a burden. Yes, there were hard scenes … but it was an honor.”
Feeling honored what the theme of the day.
Bradley Cooper, nominated for Supporting Actor in “American Hustle,” said he felt he was an imposter, waiting for security to ask him, “What are you doing?”
“I’m absolutely living the dream,” he said.
Matthew McConaughey, nominated for Lead Actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” said he is already in celebration mode and hasn’t thought about winning.
“I’m going to celebrate no matter what,” he said. “This is my first time nominated. There’ll never be another first time.”
Jared Leto, another first-time nominee, also nominated for “Dallas Buyers Club,” talked about his inspiration — his mother.
“The biggest lesson she taught me was to dream and to do the work that it takes to make dreams a reality,” he said. “I could spend every single one of these events thanking my mother. She’s the best.”
Jonah Hill, nominated for Supporting Actor in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” spoke about working with director Martin Scorsese.
“‘Goodfellas’ is the reason I wanted to make movies,” Hill said of Scorsese’s film. “I would paint his house if he asked me to.”
After the acting nominees answered questions from the press, they chatted with other nominees and settled down for lunch.
On the menu was white miso orange marinated pacific sea bass and crisp scallion, rice cake and stir fired vegetables.
During the lunch, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs welcomed the nominees.
“What a remarkable year for film it's been,” she said.
Oscar ceremony producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan gave their annual speeches to the nominees, which typically feature a plea to keep acceptance speeches short.
“I was told not to remind you that there will be over a billion people watching,” said Zadan, “but don't be nervous.”
Then, it was time for the Class Photo.
Academy Governor Ed Begley Jr. called each nominee to the risers, to tune of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.”
And the historic photo was taken.
The next time all of the nominees will be in the same place together will be on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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Front row seated (left to right): Eric Reynolds, Eric Warren Singer, Oliver Tarney, Eric Saindon, Max Lang, Dana Brunetti, Craig Borten, Michael Semanick, Steven Price, Lauren MacMullen, Aldruitha Lee, Patrick Tubach, Erik Nash, Robert Lopez, Robbie Brenner, Tracey Seaward, Robin Matthews, Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Front row standing: Caitrin Rogers, Crispin Struthers, Malcolm Clarke, Greg Orloff, Joey McFarland, Gabrielle Tana, Zachary Heinzerling, Ben Grossmann, Guy Williams, Joel Harlow, Vincent Landay, Beau Borders, Gene Serdena, Richard Hymns, Paolo Sorrentino, Mark Sanger, David Shirk, Richard Suckle, Anthony Katadas, Chris Burdon, Gary Brozenich, Nicolas Reed, Bono
Second Row: Richard Rowley, Spike Jonze, Chris Sanders, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Michael Wilkinson, Albert Bergen, Hany Abu-Assad, K.K. Barrett, William Butler, Peter F. Kurland, Rosie Goodwin, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Burt Dalton, Ethan Hawke, Martin Pensa, Steve McQueen, Jeremy Scahill, Melisa Wallack, Martin Scorsese, Dorothy McKim, Anders Walter, Alexandre Desplat, Glenn Freemantle, Charles Roven, Jan Lachauer, Mike Prestwood Smith
Third Row: Andy Koyama, Chris Lawrence, Megan Ellison, Alexander Payne, Joe Letteri, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jonathan Gordon, Baldwin Li, Peter Del Vecho, Adam Stockhausen, Christopher Rouse, Alice Baker, Jared Leto, Mark Taylor, Selma Vilhunen, Jay Cassidy, Julie Delpy, Chris Renaud, June Squibb, Phedon Papamichael, Wylie Stateman, Bradley Cooper, Felix van Groeningen, Mark Gill, Jeffrey Karoff, Jeff Pope, David Brownlow, Joshua Oppenheimer, Chris Buck, Alexandre Espigares
Fourth Row: Tim Webber, Thomas Vinterberg, Terence Winter, Thomas Newman, Roger A. Deakins, Andy Nicholson, Neil Courbold, Kristine Belson, Paul Anderson, Ron Yerxa, Jehane Noujaim, Alan Baumgarten, Billy Ray, David Heyman, Kim Magnusson, Cate Blanchett, Esteban Crespo, John Ridley, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Jonah Hill, Stephen Prouty, Kirsikka Saari, Tim Alexander, Jennifer Lee, Joanne Woollard, Barkhad Abdi, Richard Linklater, Joe Walker, Edgar Barens, David Clayton
Fifth Row (back row): Michael De Luca, Sandra Bullock, Edson Williams, Philippe Le Sourd, Amy Adams, Kirk DeMicco, Alfonso Cuaron, Daniel Sousa, Karen O, Leonardo DiCaprio, Karim Amer, John Mac McMurphy, Dan Sudick, Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Meledandri, Pharrell Williams, Judy Becker, Bob Nelson, Meryl Streep, David O. Russell, Rachel Winter, Christopher Boyes, Bruce Dern, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve Coogan, Steve Boeddeker, Dan Golden, Morgan Neville, Christian Bale, Jason Cohen
The 86th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2013, will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.